Resident Evil 2 was the quintessential survival horror game of so many 20-somethings’ childhoods, and Capcom is injecting this classic with the G-virus to bring it back to life in 2019.
What is Resident Evil 2?
Resident Evil 2 (2019) is a survival horror game remake, developed and published by Capcom. The project is set to breathe life back into the original 1998 PlayStation title, which was itself the successor to the first Resident Evil.
The original Resident Evil 2 was a horrifying adventure through the zombie-ridden streets of Raccoon City. Main characters Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield have become two of the most beloved Capcom protagonists of all time, and the prospect of what the eighth generation of consoles and modern PCs can do with this story has fans giddy with excitement.
The original title had much to offer: weapons that shaky hands would struggle to set on target, unearthly creatures that would creep into view and make the player’s skin crawl, eerie lighting and music, and some of the most unnerving jump scares ever experienced with a controller in hand.
One of the most innovative things that the 1998 release achieved was presenting the player with clever puzzles while preserving a looming dread; it created a sense of discomfort as gamers attempted to keep their wits about them, just knowing the next terrifying encounter could come at any time.
Resident Evil 2 (1998) may very well be the greatest ever horror game, so fans are expecting big things.
Why are we excited?
Resident Evil 2 has already won Best of Show at E3 2018’s Game Critics Awards. That fact puts the title on the same pedestal as Super Mario Odyssey (2017), The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2016), and Fallout 4 (2015). This pedigree speaks volumes about what is to come.
The game’s official reveal trailer (embedded above), which aired at E3 2018’s PlayStation Showcase, has received 1.6 million views on the official PlayStation YouTube channel alone. To say this game is being met with jubilated hype would be an understatement.
The latest canon game of the series is Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, released on January 24, 2017, with its most recent DLC, ‘End of Zoe’, dropping on December 12, 2017. A full year has passed without Resident Evil, and survival horror fanatics have really built up an appetite.
Fans are anxious to see what Capcom has both kept and changed about the game. News recently broke that Leon’s backstory would include some minor tweaks, and even such a tiny detail has whipped the community into a frenzy.
Video game remakes became quite a trend in 2018, and some really great ones (including Shadow of the Colossus and Spyro Reignited Trilogy)saw the light of day. Capcom has shared with sources that it is intending to explore further remakes after Resident Evil 2, so the company must be pleased with the work it has done.
Capcom seems confident about the Resident Evil 2 remake, and that news is promising considering it had some downs in 2018—Street Fighter V and the whole in-game ads fiasco, to name one. Bringing critical acclaim to a redux of an all-time best game would be an amazing way to start 2019.
The Resident Evil 2 remake is easily one of the most exciting games in 2019, and fans really hope Capcom succeeds in delivering on some scary nostalgia.
When can we play it?
Resident Evil 2 will become available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PCs on January 25, 2019.
Is the promise of a return to Raccoon City a tantalizing prospect for you, or would you rather just see Capcom hard at work on Resident Evil 8? Let us know, then come back tomorrow to find out why we’re optimistic about one of 2019’s most controversial games.
Honourable Mentions – OnlySP’s Most Anticipated Games of 2019
This coming year is set to be chock full with amazing games. Over the past 12 days, the OnlySP team has shone a light on those titles that we are most excited about, but some of our individual favourites were not represented in the consensus vote.
Zanki Zero: Last Beginning
Coming from some of the key team members behind the Danganronpa series, Zanki Zero: Last Beginning is an unusual survival game.
In the wake of an apocalypse, eight clones on a tropical island comprise all that remains of humanity. The clones have accelerated lifespans, meaning they survive for only 13 days; however, a machine called the Extend Device ensures their continual resurrection, with each death granting different buffs and gameplay bonuses.
Curiously, the game is divided into chapters, and players control particular characters in each chapter, rather than having the chance to choose between them at will.
As a survival game, threats to life come from many different angles, including starvation, dehydration, and, of course, combat. However, felling enemies—mostly evolved animals—will drop resources that players can use to build amenities and prolong the characters’ health.
Survival games have exploded in recent years, but the narrative focus and unique clone-based premise separates Zanki Zero: Last Beginning from its genre contemporaries.
Zanki Zero: Last Beginning released in Japan last year, and will make its debut in the West for PC and PlayStation 4 on March 19.
Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord
Announced more than six years ago, Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord has not been officially confirmed for a 2019 release, but fans are hopeful.
Despite the title, Mount & Blade II is a prequel to its predecessor, set two centuries before the wars depicted in the earlier game. The title takes place during the glory days of the fictional Calradian Empire and recounts its fall, as it shatters into an array of disparate kingdoms. On the surface an action-RPG, Mount & Blade II promises a deep, diverse experience with layers of strategic elements.
Third-person melee combat will make a return and will be accompanied by in-depth siege- and diplomacy-based gameplay. Meanwhile, an organic economy system will aid in bringing the Calradian Empire to life.
OnlySP’s Dylan Warman went hands-on with the game back at E3 2017, finding it to be a satisfying experience with a few minor flaws remaining to be ironed out. However, a year and half has already passed and still no end is in sight for the lengthy development.
The widespread expectation is that Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord will release on at least PC at an as-yet unspecified date in 2019.
Sir Daniel Fortesque will soon join the likes of Wander, Spyro the Dragon, and Crash the Bandicoot, as Sony is, once again, dusting off the Medievil name for a remake.
Originally announced with a brief teaser at the PlayStation Experience event in 2017, the project was surrounded by silence throughout almost the entirety of 2018. A common query among perplexed fans was the extent to which the game would represent a new experience, given the initial billing as a full remaster.
However, in October last year, Sony Interactive Entertainment chairman Shawn Layden dropped the bombshell everyone was waiting for: Medievil will be a full-blown remake. The core design and art will be retained, but the game will not simply be a reskin of what has already been.
The developer responsible for the project, Other Ocean Interactive, has previously made a name for itself with ports. With this legacy, the team seems to be following in the footsteps of Bluepoint Interactive, which crafted 2018’s excellent remake of Shadow of the Colossus.
Medievil is expected to be available exclusively on PlayStation 4 some time in 2019.
The father of XCOM, Julian Gollop, will return to the genre that made him a living legend when Phoenix Point launches later this year.
In 2047, the apocalypse is already well underway. Melting permafrost during the 2020s unleashed an alien infection—the Pandoravirus—upon the unsuspecting Earth, mutating humans and animals into all manner of monsters. Facing off against this existential threat, players assume command of the Phoenix Project, a global organisation dedicated to protecting humanity.
Fans of XCOM will almost surely be right at home with Phoenix Point, as the game follows the same model of pairing turn-based direct-control combat with a global strategy layer. The player begins as a small, isolated unit and must grow their reach and strength by acquiring resources through both diplomacy and conquest.
Despite the fundamental similarities, the development team at Snapshot Games is including a few unique wrinkles to the formula, including a range of adversarial human factions and enemies that mutate in response to player actions.
Originally set to launch last year, Phoenix Point is now expected to release in June 2019 on Mac, Windows, and Xbox One.
Total War: Three Kingdoms
For the latest mainline entry in the Total War saga, Creative Assembly is delving into a part of world history long desired by fans but never before visited: China’s Three Kingdoms era.
Total War: Three Kingdoms centres on the fall of the Han Dynasty, casting players as the leader of one of eleven factions vying for control over the vast nation.
While this latest game remains, at its core, Total War, the development team is engaging in some intriguing experiments. Foremost is the implementation of guanxi, an aspect of Chinese culture that describes the interconnectedness of human life. Throughout the campaign, the characters form relationships with others, and players will have to take those connections into consideration when planning their moves.
The other major new addition is a mode based on the classic novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, which will put more of a focus on individual characters. In this mode, generals have supreme strength and can be controlled directly during battles and sieges.
Following its delay out of last year, Total War: Three Kingdoms is scheduled to launch on March 7, 2019 exclusively on PC.
Thank you for joining us on this jaunt through the games that have the OnlySP team most excited for the coming year. With hundreds of titles to choose from, innumerable others missed out, but rest assured that we are keeping our eyes out for everything in the realm of single-player gaming.
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